Taken 3-Oct-11
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Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
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Keywords:Italy, Venice, encounter, fish market, flight, seagull, startle, surprise
Photo Info

Dimensions2768 x 2068
Original file size781 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken3-Oct-11 20:29
Date modified3-Oct-11 20:29
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON
Camera modelCOOLPIX P7100
Focal length32.6 mm
Focal length (35mm)153 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/500 at f/5
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Normal
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom0x
surprise, startle, encounter, "fish market", Venice, Italy, seagull, flight,

Surprise Encounter

The fish market in Venice closes at noon. 4 travellers were standing on a small bridge with their back to the market, looking over the Grand Canal, when a gull shot over their heads so close that they could feel the wind from its wings. Seconds later a second flew over just as close as the first, and seconds later a third. Wondering if there could possibly be a fourth, i spun around, my camera ready, and captured this bird, as startled as I was. I tell people who ask that I took 2.5 hours to properly backlight my subject. Nobody believes me, and with good reason. Sometimes you get lucky!